Whales & Sharks (July – October)
|Tour duration:||2 Days|
Description: On this 2 day tour leaving from Cape Town you will get to see majestic Southern Right whales in the wild and dive with the oceans apex predator, the Great White shark. We travel to the quaint seaside town of Hermanus, explore waterfalls and indigenous gardens at the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens; take in grand coastal views and stop for many a photographic opportunity along this beautiful stretch of South African coastline.
Highlights: Whale watching | Great White Shark cage diving | Boat trip | Stay by the sea in Hermanus | Indigenous Flora tour |
|Pick up and drop off from your hotel in Cape Town||Lunch and dinner on Day 1|
|1 nights’ accommodation B&B||Beverages|
|Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2|
|Entrance fees to Harold Porter Botanical Gardens|
|Professional passionate guide|
|Transport in a comfortable, air-conditioned shuttle|
€160 per person
*based on 8 people travelling
We leave from Cape Town and get onto the scenic coastal road that runs from Gordon’s Bay to the small town of Kleinmond. Here there is a chance to see the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens which display the Cape Floral Kingdom in all its splendour. After exploring this enchanted Eden we continue on to Hermanus, rated to have the world’s best land based whale watching. We have lunch at one of the local seaside restaurants with stunning ocean views before getting back into some serious whale spotting. The whales we are most likely to encounter are the Southern Right whales; these come to the perfect shallow, sandy-bottomed and sheltered bays for mating, calving, nursing their young and resting. Whales can be seen literally beneath you as you explore the paths along the coastal cliffs which drop steeply into the ocean. There is also the opportunity to take an optional whale watching boat cruise for those who want to get even closer. After a full day of whales we head to our accommodation to check in, relax and freshen up. We dine at one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay.
This morning you are up early and collected from your hotel by the most successful and conservation orientated White shark dive company in the area. You depart for their headquarters just outside of Gaansbaai, the bay in which Dyer Island, famous for its seal versus shark encounters is situated. Before departing on your shark viewing adventure you will be treated to a scrumptious breakfast to get you ready for the big day. There will also be discussions on recent sightings, current events and opinions relating to these largely misunderstood citizens of the sea. After being fully briefed on the day’s proceedings and kitted up with wetsuits, masks etc you head out on the boat in search of Great White Sharks and other marine life such as penguins, seals, dolphins and even more whales. Viewing of Great White sharks can be done from the top deck of the boat as well as face-to-face in the specialised shark diving cage. A lunch is provided out on the water whilst spending time with these magnificent creatures. After lunch you return to the shark diving headquarters to regroup and share photos and videos. From here we head back to Cape Town via the scenic Sir Lowry’s Pass. (BL)